Genetic Architecture of Behavioral Syndromes
With collaborators Ann Hedrick and Ned Dochtermann (NDSU), I am investigating how behavioral correlations arise and are maintained in Western Field crickets. We are in the process of comparing the strength of behavioral syndromes across 4 populations of crickets sampled throughout California, New Mexico and Arizona. We’ve just wrapped up the first part of the project on comparison of G matrices among our 4 populations (see Preprint here). We are now using a large-scale artificial selection experiment to test whether behavioral syndromes respond to selection and are reversible.